Journal article

HtrA2/Omi, a sheep in wolf's clothing

DL Vaux, J Silke

CELL | CELL PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

Mammalian mitochondrial HtrA2/Omi was originally described as an apoptosis inducer, but rather than having extra cells, mice with mutant HtrA2/Omi suffer from a neurodegenerative disease due to progressive mitochondrial damage. This suggests that instead of promoting cell death by antagonizing inhibitor of apoptosis (IAP) proteins, the primary function of HtrA2/Omi is to handle misfolded proteins in the mitochondria.